Advent Devotionals December 6
posted on December 06
“(The shepherds) were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’ ” - Luke 2: 8-20
Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. What is notable about Christ’s arrival? One noteworthy aspect of Christ’s advent is the people to whom He chose to proclaim it. The shepherds in that day were the outcasts and marginalized of society. Yet God chose them. What message did God proclaim to them? Do not be afraid, for behold! I bring you good tidings of great joy. A message of hope. A message of a Savior Who is Christ the Lord!
What does that mean for us? There are times when we all need help, a rescuer, a savior. No matter who we are or how we feel about ourselves or anybody else, God has chosen to love us all! What matters is not what society says about us, or even what we say about ourselves. What ultimately matters is what God says about us. God loves us all, and maybe (especially!) the “least of these.” God has given us a message that is specific to us.
How do we respond to this message? The shepherds went and saw, they shared widely, and they glorified God. We can choose to do the same. I believe all things are possible to him who believes. So I look for opportunities to pray for people. Although it doesn’t always happen, I challenge myself to pray for anyone and everyone. And I always praise Him, whether I get to see the results or not.
God has given us the gift of hope! What will you do with it?
By Rob Seabolt, House Church Ministries, Lexington District